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    • PINK GLOVE DANCE VIDEO VOTING HAS STARTED. SUPPORT OUR HOSPITAL AND VOTE NOW.

      Voting has started for the pink glove dance video! Every year since 2009 Medline sponsors a Pink Glove Dance video contest to help fight breast cancer with a donation to the charity of the winner’s choice. Last year our hospital was so close to winning, only being beat out by a handful of very large hospitals. This year the competition has broken out independent hospitals from the big hospital systems, so we have a very real chance of winning it everyone gets online and votes every day!

      Bear Valley Community Hospital has the ability to win $25,000, and it will go to Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley’s mammogram program. All you have to do is vote online every day from every email address you have through September 23, 2014.
    • BIG BEAR LAKE LISTED IN TOP 10 BEST LAKE VACATIONS BY YAHOO TRAVEL

      Yahoo's list of most top searched for lake vacations included Big Bear Lake. Read the full article and see why Big Bear Lake is #3 for Best Lake Vacations.
    • FALL WINE WALK EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT

      The Village Business Association (VBA) of Big Bear Lake hosts its annual Fall Wine Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the downtown Big Bear Lake Village shopping district. The merchant organized event will showcase fine wines from around the world and the Village’s unique businesses, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Big Bear Valley Education Trust, Christmas in the Village and numerous other events for the community.

      Presale tickets for the Village Fall Wine Walk cost $30 if purchased before September 9th and will be $40 from the 9th on, if any are available. Pre-purchase your Fall Wine Walk tickets online.
    • SNOW SUMMIT AND BIG BEAR DISCOVERY CENTER PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE HIKING EXPERIENCE

      From July 17 through August 29 every Thursday and Friday, Snow Summit and the Big Bear Discovery Center will provide hiking enthusiasts the ultimate Hiking Eco-Tour experience, bringing a new adventure to the Big Bear Valley.

      Snow Summit’s newest summer tour allows hikers to learn more about the San Bernardino National Forest and mountain habitat, while absorbing the beautiful wildflowers and wildlife. A Southern California Mountains Foundation Naturalist will provide a three-hour mountain experience and guided Eco-Tour. Begin the experience with an easy lift ride on the Scenic Sky Chair, removing the intense uphill hiking to the top of Snow Summit. Atop Snow Summit, take in the cool mountain air and the breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. The guided Eco-Tour through the expansive pine tree forest will conclude with lunch at the View Haus.

      The Hiking Eco-Tour gives families the opportunity to do a leisurely one mile hike or a more aggressive three-mile hike for those that are more advanced hiking enthusiasts. Tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for children ages 7 – 12 years-old and are available for purchase through the Big Bear Discovery Center.
    • BIG BEAR LAKE OFFERS AMAZING DEALS THIS SUMMER & FALL WITH A FREE GAS CARD PROMOTION

      The Big Bear Visitors Bureau's popular summer gas card deal gives visitors money to fill up their gas tank with even more savings! Stay at a participating lodge or hotel and receive $75 in FREE gas cards with a 3+ night stay or $25 in FREE gas cards with a 2 night stay. This Big Bear Lake gas card deal is available online or call 800-424-4232 to speak with a Big Bear vacation specialist.
    • SCALE A TREE LIKE A MONKEY

      Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours offers a new outlook for outdoor adventure. Big Bear has the only operation in Southern California that offers tree rope climbing tours. It’s a new and exciting way to experience Big Bear's pine forest from a completely different perspective.
    • SUNKEN PIRATE SHIP RESTORED JUST IN TIME FOR MARINA’S 100 YEAR CELEBRATION

      Big Bear Lake’s iconic tour boat The Big Bear Pirate Ship sank this past winter due to severe weather. Two weeks later it was resurrected back to the water’s surface. Right now the pirate ship is going through a complete restoration with all the bells and whistles. It will be ready to set sail just in time for Holloway's Marina's 100 year anniversary. The celebration includes costumed pirates, a live swashbuckler show, christening of the ship with a bottle of rum, plank-walking exhibitions and talk-like-a-pirate contest. Also, Holloway's Marina will reveal its ongoing promotions for the summer such as a classic wooden row boat rental for just $1 (or 100 pennies) and special offers that give patrons an opportunity to fill up their boat's gas tanks for 1914 gas prices. The 100th Year Anniversary is expected to kick off the third or fourth week of June. Stay tuned!
    • WE GIVE YOU THE WHEEL…FOR WHEEL

      New this year is an off-road jeep experience from Big Bear Jeep Experience that gives its customers the chance to get behind the wheel of a high-performance Jeep for some thrilling 4 x 4 action in the backwoods. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many people, which might be comparable to getting an opportunity to speed around a NASCAR track in a race car for the first time.
    • MOUNTAIN BIKING STRONGER THAN EVER

      Last summer was the first time since 2004 that Snow Summit allowed riders on downhill-specific bikes to ride down the face of Snow Summit. In fact, the resort cut top-to-bottom trails with upper level features such as step ups, banked turns and bridges built specifically for downhill mountain bike enthusiasts. In just one year Snow Summit has witnessed a dramatic increase in mountain bike activity ever since the nine-year ban was lifted. Snow Summit is the only lift-served mountain bike park in Southern California. It offers easy access to a network of trails via its Scenic Sky Chair that transports mountain bikers to the top of Snow Summit with bikes in tow. Once at the top, riders have the option to ride Big Bear's south shore trails system for cross country riding that includes the region's best single-track trails such as the Skyline Trail and Pine Knot Trail or the other option is to ride downhill trails located on the face of Snow Summit.
    • RARE METEOR STORM ALIGNS WITH STARLIGHT FESTIVAL

      A new atmospheric model suggests Earth is on a collision course with several debris trails from Comet 209P/LINEAR on May 24, the eve of the inaugural StarLight Festival in Big Bear. Astronomers from NASA and Russia have forecasted the comet’s debris could produce 100 to 400 meteors per hour. The StarLight Festival in Big Bear, coincidentally is happening the same weekend of this rare meteor storm. The two-day StarLight Festival combines science and astronomy with art and music that takes place in Big Bear Village with activities happening at Northwoods Resort. Some of the highlights include guest speakers and panelists from NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
    • TROUT WORTH $50,000 - REEL EM' IN

      Big bear gives anglers a chance to win some big bucks! And all it takes is some fishing gear, bait, patience and a little luck. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000 at Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby June 7 and 8, 2014.
    • NEW SCAVENGER HUNT IN BIG BEAR

      Urban Adventure Quest has launched a new tour that turns Big Bear into a giant game board. The 90-minute tour takes teams of two to five players on a scavenger hunt through Big Bear Village to solve clues and complete challenges using a smart phone as a guide.
    • NEW BREWERY NOW OPEN

      Big Bear Lake Brewing Company features a large selection of draft and bottled craft beer and a menu of gourmet pub-style fare and brick oven pizzas. With six taps, the brewery will offer a wide array of its in-house beers crafted by award-winning brewmaster Ron VandenBroeke, which is available in pints, tasting flights and gallon-sized growlers to-go. The brewery's owner plans to bottle the beers for distribution in California and Nevada.
    • SNOW LEOPARDS ON THE MOVE

      A pair of Himalayan snow leopard sisters from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Wash. are on the move to Big Bear Alpine Zoo, where they will reside in a new enclosure built specifically for them. The reason for the move is because the snow leopard sisters, named Asha and Shanti, were born with multiple ocular coloboma, a relatively rare congenital eye anomaly. Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which is well-regarded for its rehabilitation program, gives Asha and Shanti an opportunity to remain together and continue to receive expert medical care. The snow leopards are scheduled to arrive in Big Bear sometime in mid-June.
    • HIGHEST ALTITUDE VINEYARD AND WINERY IN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

      At 6,750 feet above sea level, Stone Summit Vineyard in Big Bear Lake is now the highest-altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the Northern Hemisphere. More than 2,000 vines were planted beginning in May 2012, and it is expected to take at least two years before they are mature enough to produce wine.
    • TAKE IT OUTSIDE

      Open Air Big Bear takes outdoor competition to another level by promoting healthy lifestyles with events to inspire people to get outside and get active with a series of outdoor events with “altitude,” such as Team Big Bear’s Mountain Bike Shootouts, Big Bear Lake Paddlefest, Endure the Bear Trail Run, The Triathalon, Gran Fondo, North Shore Half Marathon and Snowshoe the Bear.
    • HIGH ALTITUDE BREEDS CHAMPIONS

      World class athletes who have achieved a competitive edge from high altitude training in Big Bear Lake include: • 2013 World Outdoor 800m bronze medalist Brenda Martinez
      • 2008 & 2012 Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall
      • Former boxing champions Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, and "Sugar" Shane Mosely
      • Former Mixed martial arts champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and Josh Barnett
    • VILLAGE GETS A FACELIFT

      Big Bear Village recently endured a thorough revitalization to improve the overall shopping experience. Major improvements include heated sidewalks, seat walls, outdoor fire pits, landscape developments, decorative street crossings, street signs and lighting.
    • DROUGHT SITUATION - CURRENT STATE OF THE LAKE

      Big Bear Lake is currently down a little over 8 ft. Big Bear Municipal Water District reports that the average lake depth for Big Bear Lake is about 8 ft. down. So right now Big Bear Lake is at about average for lake depth. Even though low precipitation has played a role in the current lake level, the key reason is that the average evaporation is 4 ft. per year. The lake currently offers approximately 2,550 surface acres, which is a great amount of surface area for lake recreational activities.
    • SNOW SUMMIT'S MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK TRAILS OPEN FRI-SUN

      Snow Summit Summer's mountain bike park offers a unique cross country riding experience that includes the region’s best single-track trails such as the Skyline Trail and Pine Knot Trail or the other option is to ride downhill trails located on the face of Snow Summit. Early season dates are April 18 to June 15 with mountain biking every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year Fridays are have been added to the early season weekend schedule. On June 16, the park begins its regular summer hours seven days a week. Come check it out!
      • BIG BEAR TROLLEY BACK IN BUSINESS!

        Big Bear Trolley is back with stops at many local businesses, hotels, attractions and more. Service currently available on weekends, 10 am- 4pm for $5 per weekend and includes unlimited rides. Trolley passes can be purchased at Northwoods Resort. Please view the current Big Bear Trolley schedule for times and routes.
      • BIG BEAR LAKE IS DOING IT'S PART TO GO GREEN FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

        Big Bear is creating a sustainable tourism environment. Local business' are taking steps to make their business green and environmentally friendly. Learn more about how Big Bear is going green.
      • SEGWAY TOURS

        Action Segway Tours introduces a new and environmentally friendly approach to explore Big Bear Lake by means of electric two-wheeled Segway Personal Transporters (Segway PT). Guests can now enjoy a fun and educational tour of the mountain resort on a Segway x2 model, which has the ability to navigate varied terrain with minimal environmental impact. Segway tour packages are now available to book online and open year-round!
      • A MEMORABLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

        Enjoy a shopping experience like no other. The Big Bear Village has the ambiance of a quaint European village in the Alps. Snow-lined streets and a classy mountain motif add a special touch for a pleasant shopping adventure. Browse a collection of charming boutiques, specialty stores and gift shops filled with unique treasures. You are sure to find something for everyone including distinct gifts not found anywhere else. The Big Bear Village also has plenty of treats to satisfy your appetite from mom & pop diners to full service restaurants.
      • Winner San Diego Family Magazine

        BIG BEAR LAKE: WINNER OF BEST LOCAL WEEKEND ADVENTURE BY SAN DIEGO FAMILY MAGAZINE

        Big Bear Lake was selected by parents in San Diego County as the best spot for a weekend adventure. Here is what San Diego Family Magazine readers are saying: "Big Bear offers year-round outdoor fun! Hiking, fishing, skiing and lots more, just three hours from San Diego. The ski lift is fun even in the summer time!" Congratulations Big Bear Lake!
      • LIVE IT UP WITH VACATION PACKAGE DEALS ALL YEAR ROUND

        Guests can now visit Big Bear any time of the year and save money with vacation packages. Not only will Big Bear Lake vacation packages help take the stress out of vacation planning by combining lodging accommodations with outdoor activities, attractions and events, but guests will find savings of up to 25%. Some of the vacation packages guests can choose from include ski and snowboard lift tickets, mobile massage services, snowshoe tours, charter fishing trips, mountain bike rentals, and pontoon boat rentals.
      • BIG BEAR LAKE CENTRAL RESERVATIONS 800-424-4232

        As Big Bear Lake's official reservation service, we will provide you with the best available lodging options, vacation packages, activities, event tickets and more with one simple phone call. Our local travel experts are here, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help you customize your California vacation. With all these options, it's still ONE EASY choice.

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